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- 9/29/14: The S & R Sport Coach
of the Month for September 2014 is Monica Szalma of the APS Knights (GA) and ODP. For winning, Monica receives a
$50 gift certificate to S & R Sport.
Monica, her husband and their young daughter walked on deck to their first Dynamo Water Polo Club practice from Holland in July, 2013. Within a couple of weeks, Monica
had agreed to help fellow DWPC teammates Robin Smith and Stu Sheldon volunteer coach the Atlanta Public School
(APS) Knights team. The APS Knights practice twice a week mid-July through early October and field three teams
in the Georgia High School Water Polo Association fall season. “Almost half of our team are girls, among the
highest rates in the league,” explained Sheldon. “It was so great to have a female coach walk on deck last summer,
especially one with Monica’s pedigree. Our head coach, Robin Smith, and I kinda got the team pumped up for her
arrival.” As it turns out, Monica was the first of two female coaches to join the APS Knights in a matter of weeks. Former
NorCal high school goalie Brianni Lyons, now a student at Spelman College in Atlanta, also volunteered.
Shortly after she joined the APS Knights coaching staff, Monica agreed to serve as USAWP ODP coach for the first-ever
state-specific satellite program in program history. Coach Szalma managed a five month series of selection events,
training camp weekends and other events that linked up with the primary SE Zone ODP effort in Florida. 75 of the 450+ high
school players started the ODP process with Monica. Five months later, 10 Georgia athletes traveled to Florida and then
west for their respective championship tournaments. Monica returns in 2014 as an ODP Age Group Coach for the Southeast
Zone in 2014-2015. She has been a great addition to the Atlanta water polo community and is deserving of this honor.
APS Knights and USWP Southeast Zone ODP Coach, Monica Szalma
- 9/29/14: This past Sunday's Middle School Exhibition Game was a great
success! Thank you to all student-athletes, parents, referees and table workers for making it happen. The GHSWPA looks forward
to hosting similar games in the future. Some pictures from the game are below:
- 9/25/14: T-shirts (short-sleeved) for the 2014 GHSWPA Girls State Tournament
will be for sale at the venue on October 5th! The cost will be $18 per shirt and checks can be made out to "GHSWPA".
The design for the 2014 Girls State Championship shirts
- 9/23/14: Game scores and updated league
standings through September 21st have been posted.
- 9/23/14: GHSWPA Action Photo of the Week:
Sam Satterfield of North Springs takes a shot at the Cumming Aquatic Center on Sunday, September 21st verses SPX A
- 9/17/14: For the 2014 season, the Georgia High School Water Polo Association
(GHSWPA) is excited to release its Players to Watch. The enclosed student-athletes
have been compiled using a wide range of justifications, including those who are athletically talented in the sport of
water polo, those who are considered to be the 2014 leaders of their respective teams, and those who show their coaches
and teammates the passion and desire necessary to succeed in the GHSWPA and beyond. Please join us in recognizing these
worthwhile student-athletes. [complete press
- 9/17/14: Game scores and updated league
standings through September 14th have been posted.
- 9/16/14: Reminders: Final rosters were due to Brian this past Sunday, 9/14 -- there will be no more
floaters allowed for the remainder of the season, but girls are still permitted to play on a co-ed and girls
team. State t-shirt and hoodie orders are due to Kris by Saturday, 9/20, and team pictures for the state
tournament program are due to Kris by Monday, 9/22.
- 9/16/14: A middle school exhibition game has been added to the schedule on
Sunday, September 28th at 6:00p at Mountain View. It will likely be a pick-up game and is open to any interested middle
school players. Simply show up to play!
- 9/16/14: GHSWPA Action Co-Photos of the Week:
Katilyn Kasper, 7th grade goalie for Collins Hill, saves
a goal verses Pope at Dynamo
Charley Plumly of North Springs defends his
team's goal against GAC
- 9/12/14: T-shirts (short and long-sleeved) and hoodie sweatshirts for the GHSWPA State Tournament will once
again be for sale this season! Please check with your coach or team representative to place your order. Team order forms
are due by Saturday, September 20th and related payments due by Friday, October 3rd.
The design for the 2014 State Championship shirts and hoodies
- 9/10/14: GHSWPA Action Photo of the Week:
The ladies of Dalton Water Polo pose for a team picture after their games last weekend
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